Category Archives: David Lever

Mystery Solved – June 2012

Did you guess our Mystery?

It’s a jewellers bellows

The June Mystery Object was a jewellers mechanical bellows. It dates from C1840/50.

The wheel with the handle turns a series of wheels which in turn rotate a fan housed in the wooden chamber. This in turn expels a jet of air through the funnel.
The bellows measures 53cm long and is smaller than a domestic bellows which are of the same design and measure approximately 63 cm.

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A Classic Image

Why A Classic Image?

For us it’s one that encapsulates much of what our Berowra Living History blog site and virtual museum are about.

The photo was taken by Gabe Lomas on Day 2 of our 2007 Berowra Living History Exhibition in the Berowra District Hall which served as the first school built in Berowra.

Bill Foster, who along with many of his old friends attended this school in the first half of last century, is seen here communicating with a little school girl and her three schoolboy companions.

The painting the group is engaging with is of the Foster family’s general store, a vital hub for the community of its day. This painting is by local artist, David Lever.

Notice that at this point Bill is listening to the youngsters, his mouth is closed, his head inclined, his attention given to their enquires generated by the painting and his stories. Sharing of ideas, pride in one’s place and one’s story, respect, dignity and commitment to others, are all present.

Bill and others of our senior citizens have shared many of their Berowra stories through their visits to our local schools and through their recorded interviews and images which we can draw on for our blogs and the construction of our virtual museum. We thank them for their generosity and invite you to share your stories and images also.

Ann

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